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Yelena Gorchakova

Full name: Yelena Yegorovna Gorchakova
Original name: Елена Егоровна Горчакова
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: May 17, 1933 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Died: January 27, 2002
Affiliations: Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Yelena Gorchakova was among the top female javelin throwers of the world during her teens, figuring in the top 10 list from 1950-52. Although Gorchakova had not medaled at the Soviet Championships, she was ranked number two behind Galina Zybina in the world top 10 list in 1952 and was selected for the 1952 Soviet Olympic team, winning an Olympic bronze in Helsinki. During the next 10 years, Gorchakova continued to figure in the world top 10 list several times, but due to fierce competition within the Soviet national team, was never selected to represent her country internationally until she competed at the 1962 European Championships, where she finished eighth.

Gorchakova’s “second coming” began at the 1963 Soviet Championships, where she won her first Soviet title, her previous medals at the Soviet Championships being a silver in 1955 and bronzes in 1961-62. Gorchakova was selected for the 1964 Soviet Olympic team, but was not considered among the favorites. However, in the qualifying round, she threw 62.40 (204-8¾) on her first attempt to set a world record, which was also the first ratified throw past the Imperial barrier of 200 feet. In the final, Gorchakova was less successful, settling for a bronze medal. After the Olympics, Gorchakova won her second Soviet title in 1965 and competed at the 1966 European Championships, where she finished fourth, to conclude her athletics career.

Personal Best\: JT – 62.40 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 3 49.76
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 3 46.67
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 2 49.76 49.76
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 2 48.27 49.76
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 2 45.28 49.76
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 2 43.10 49.76
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 43.28
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 4 QU 45.18
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round 1 4 45.18
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round 2 4 45.18 pass
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round 3 DNS pass
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 3 57.06
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2 56.43
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 3 49.21 56.43
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 3 53.10 56.43
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 3 57.06 56.43
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 3 55.23 57.06
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP foul
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1 QU/WR 62.40
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 1 WR 62.40
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 62.40
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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